Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has defended striker Diego Costa and again claimed Chelsea are the victims of a "campaign".
The firepower behind Real Madrid's surge to the top of La Liga, Cristiano Ronaldo has also been helping the likes of James Rodriguez settle.
Having already suffered at the hands of Real Sociedad this season, La Liga leaders Real Madrid will be wary at the Santiago Bernabeu.
FC Dallas have not offered a contract to Milan midfielder Michael Essien, according to the MLS club's technical director.
Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale has no plans to move to Manchester United and denied he is a "ball-hog".
Borussia Dortmund's Nuri Sahin cannot wait for the Bundesliga's resumption after playing just seven minutes in the first half of the season.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers declared Chelsea striker Diego Costa was "very fortunate" to avoid a red card on Tuesday.
Milan coach Filippo Inzaghi urged patience after his team suffered their second straight defeat to Lazio on Tuesday.
Thibaut Courtois was the key to Chelsea's League Cup semi-final triumph, according to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.
In a League Cup semi-final full of controversy, Branislav Ivanovic's header sent Chelsea to Wembley with a 2-1 aggregate win over Liverpool.
Following the end of South Africa's Africa Cup of Nations campaign, coach Ephraim Mashaba wants to get "back to our basics".
Chelsea's last-four League Cup win over Liverpool was controversial, but Jose Mourinho kept his counsel on incidents involving Diego Costa.
Derby County moved up to second in the Championship on Tuesday with a 2-0 victory over Blackburn, while Rotherham won 4-2 against Bolton.
Ten-man Lazio piled yet more pressure on under-fire Milan coach Filippo Inzaghi with a 1-0 Coppa Italia quarter-final win.
After the embarrassing World Cup failure in 2014, Neymar is dreaming of helping Brazil win Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro.
Algeria beat Senegal 2-0 to progress behind Group C winners Ghana to Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals.
Ghana qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals thanks to a late Andre Ayew goal in a 2-1 win against South Africa.
Serie A side Milan have agreed in principle to sign Spartak Moscow defender Salvatore Bocchetti on loan for the rest of the season.
Rudi Garcia will have to consider his options when Roma play Empoli after Daniele De Rossi suffered a calf injury.
Cristian Montano has accused Oldham of double standards after they sacked him amid spot-fixing allegations before trying to sign Ched Evans.